VSI Rhizobox / RhizonBoxes / root box systems are used to i) separate rhizosphere soil from bulk soil, ii) are a feasible way to study different aspects of soil - soil pore water - root interactions, iii) to measure root growth, turnover and depth distribution and iv) to sample defined root types (e.g. age classes, orders) or soil areas (rhizosphere / bulk soil). The integration of RRPs' (Micro-)Rhizons and Rhizon Irrigators into our established Rhizobox systems ("Rhizonboxes") creates advanced opportunities for soil water sampling and manipulation.
Roots on rhizo(n)box images can be analysed with free or commercial software programs (see bottom of page), however, rhizo(n)boxes are also an educative way to illustrate both root and shoot growth to younger students ("root viewer").
Large rhizobox imaging. We are currently in the final phase of developing an imaging system for large rhizoboxes not fitting commercially available scanners (A4, A3). This is foreseen to solve stitching or reflection problems as common with camera-based imaging (see image on the left) and to increase the user friendliness, repeatability and interpretability (especially in regard to segmentation). Stay tuned.
Please check the great Plant Image Analysis Webpage (carefully collected by Guillaume Lobet and colleagues) for further software packages allowing root analysis.
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